Democratic debate 2019 memes: Bernie Sanders wrote the damn bill

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (left) speak during the debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. 


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Round two of the Democratic presidential debates kicked off Tuesday night in Detroit, airing live on CNN. 

The  night’s lineup includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, author Marianne Williamson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Gov. Steve Bullock, Rep. John Delaney, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Rep. Tim Ryan.

On Wednesday, CNN will host a second night of debates, featuring former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Jay Inslee, businessman Andrew Yang, Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sen. Michael Bennet.

These same 20 candidates faced off in different groupings in June. Then, the first night of debates was highlighted by candidates breaking into Spanish, with night two featuring a Biden-Harris throwdown.

It’s expected the candidate field will soon be whittled down, so some of the 20 featured over these two evenings may not be appearing again.

Marianne Williamson: US Ambassador of Candles

New Age author Marianne Williamson might not become president, but Twitter users had a long list of other Cabinet positions that might be a good fit. “Secretary of Keeping it Real,” one person suggested. “US Ambassador of Candles,” suggested another. 

Bernie Sanders wrote the damn bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders scored points with viewers for a sharply delivered line. When Sen. Tim Ryan tried to told Sanders he didn’t know what would be included in Medicare for all, Sanders snapped back, “I do know! I wrote the damn bill!”

The line was a hit on social media. “Bernie is at his best when he’s an angry old grandpa,” wrote one Twitter user.

Jake Tapper’s ready to fight

Moderator and CNN anchor Jake Tapper got some buzz for posing questions to the candidates some viewed as combative. He asked Gov. John Hickenlooper, for example, whether he considered Bernie Sanders “too extreme” to beat Donald Trump.

“Jake Tapper is moderating this debate like Andy Cohen hosts a Real Housewives reunion,” cracked one Twitter user.

This is a breaking news story that’s being updated frequently.





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